The Nationals lead by 2 games in the NL East over the Mets. A lead that was larger when the Nationals took the field yesterday evening. In order to keep the lead comfortable, the Nationals will need to win today and tomorrow to make that lead as big as possible. Joe Ross will take the hill as the visitor today and Jacob deGrom will defend the home turf for the Mets after the Mets pulled the win out in the 12th inning yesterday.
Ross has been a pretty impressive rookie for the Nationals so far, accumulating a 3.03 ERA and a 1.86 FIP in 32.2 innings of work over the course of 5 starts this season. Though he's taken the loss in his last 2 starts, he's gone at least 6 innings and allowed no more than 3 runs each time. Considering he's made 5 big league starts, he's proving to be a good starting pitcher with a promising future. Today, he'll take on the Mets for the second time in his career. He hasn't seen the Mets very much, as is typical of a young pitcher beginning his career, but in 25 PAs, he's done pretty well for himself against this lineup. It should be interesting to see how he handles the Mets latest addition as well now that Yoenis Cespedes is playing for New York.
Ross vs. Current Mets
DeGrom's second season with the Mets has been just as good, if not better than the first. So far this season, he's matched or improved on just about every statistical category. For all his starts this season, DeGrom has done a very good job of going late into the game when he's made his starts. Though he's without a complete game this season, he's completed 8 innings 4 times in the 19 games he's started this season with a 2.05 ERA to boot. He's a steady presence in the Mets rotation and he'll prove a challenge for the Nationals today. In 80 PAs, the Nationals haven't had the worst luck against DeGrom, with Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper having the best success against him.
DeGrom vs. Current Nationals